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Help for the overwhelmed Executor

Dear David, I’m the executor of a friend’s estate and have been tasked with selling their home, where they lived for 40 plus years. This is a huge undertaking. The house is full of personal items, furniture and collectibles, and I’m not sure which ones are valuable. How do I extract the most value from

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Are closing dates negotiable?

Dear David, We have a great mortgage rate that is locked in for 45 days. We just found our dream house, but the sellers need 60 days to close. Is there anything we can do? – SEARCHING FOR A SOLUTION DEAR SEARCHING: When you’re this close to finding your perfect home, the last thing you

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When a buyer wants to delay closing

Dear David, I sold my home in early June. The deal is supposed to close in three days. The buyer just asked for an extension, what should I do? – ALARMED DEAR ALARMED: Your situation is not uncommon in today’s market — we’ve received many versions of this question from both buyers and sellers in

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A return to old-fashioned courtship

Dear David, We submitted an offer. The sellers want 24 hours to review it, even though we saw them pulling into the driveway as we were leaving the property! Earlier this year we were unsuccessful in a few bidding wars, and in those cases the sellers came to the table right away. Why do we

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Bringing an old offer back to life

Dear David, We put our house up for sale a month ago and got an offer almost immediately. The value seemed low at the time, so we turned it down. Now we are having second thoughts. Is it possible to get that offer back? – KEEPING ME UP AT NIGHT DEAR KEEPING: The summer of

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Lowball offers: what you need to know

Dear David, After renting for years, we’ve saved enough for a down payment and are ready to buy. We’ve been watching the market for six months and have toured several homes. We found a great one in our price range with an attached garage and a perfect backyard. It’s been on the market for a

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